The U.S. Congress has given President Donald Trump a second setback in just two days: The Trumps Republican-dominated Senate voted today for a end of the from the President imposed a National state of emergency.
twelve of the 53 Republican senators voted for a Resolution of the Democrats that got the necessary majority of votes. Trump announced the immediate aftermath of its Veto – it would be the first Veto of his term of office.
Trump wrote on Twitter: “VETO!” Without the Veto of the President of the state of emergency would be terminated, the Trump, the financing of the required wall on the border with Mexico to ensure. The house of representatives, where Democrats have a majority, had adopted the Resolution by the end of February. To override Trumps Veto, would be in both Congress chambers by a two-thirds majority is necessary. Such a majority is not currently in sight.
Only on Wednesday, the Senate had voted against the will Trumps a majority for a Resolution, with the help of the U.S. aid to Saudi Arabia led and highly controversial military operation in Yemen to stop. Seven Republican senators voted together with the Democrats and have obtained the required majority. A vote of the house of representatives is still out, and Trump could appeal to an approval of both chambers in Congress, a Veto against this Resolution. Politically, however, this is a clear Signal to the Senate against Trumps rate against Saudi Arabia.
Trump had on 15. February a National emergency declared, to the desired wall on the border to Mexico without parliamentary approval to Fund. The Congress had denied the Republican President the sum of $ 5.7 billion for the construction of the wall, and only a much lower sum was approved. With the help of the state of emergency Declaration Trump wants to tap into other pots of money, especially at the Ministry of defence to obtain additional billion for the construction of the wall. His action is legal but controversial.
Trump said on Thursday on Twitter, prominent legal experts shared his view that the state of emergency Constitution is in accordance with. He warned Republican senators that a vote for the Resolution was a vote for the Chairman of the house of representatives, the Democrat Nancy Pelosi, for crime and for open borders. Pelosi called the emergency a “unconstitutional action”. The leader of the Democrats, Chuck Schumer, accused Trump to want with the emergency the Congress – the Parliament – deal with it.
The border wall was a Central campaign promise Trumps. Trump said Thursday on the sidelines of a meeting with the Irish Prime Minister, Leo Varadkar at the White house: “We will soon have hundreds of miles of wall built.”
Trump said the imposition of a state of emergency in mid-February: “I didn’t have to make.” To him it is going to build the wall as quickly as possible. Schumer criticized, so that a state of emergency could not be justified. “He could not leave to pursue his border wall, so he was forced to resign, the Constitution underfoot.” Schumer added: “This is not how democracy is supposed to work.” The Republican Senator Susan Collins said she will vote for the Resolution to defend the powers of Congress – even if it is uncomfortable.
The Resolution for an end to U.S. support for Saudi Arabia in the Yemen war is likely to get in the democratic-dominated house of representatives, a majority. Trump can let both resolutions fail. For the President action is in the outside but already very distressing that the Republican-controlled Senate, with two Votes against his course.
In Yemen, Houthi rebels have been fighting for more than four years against the supporters of the internationally recognized government. Their troops are supported by one of the Saudi Arabia-led coalition air attacks. The Sunni Royal family in Saudi Arabia in the rebels, a close ally of his arch enemy, the predominantly Shiite Iran. Saudi Arabia is accused, in the military respect of the protection of civilians in attacks, enough to take. The United States will assist the coalition with intelligence information for the identification of target data.
the Background of the Yemen-vote is also a controversy about the attitude of the USA towards Saudi Arabia. Specifically, there is great discontent in the US Congress – even in the ranks of Trumps Republicans – about the actions of the United States in the case of the killed Saudi journalist and regime critic Jamal Khashoggi.
There is evidence that the highest circles of Saudi Arabia to crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in the murder in the Saudi Consulate General in Istanbul were involved in the past year, or at least it did. Trump and his government had made in the debate clearly behind the Saudi leadership and the heir to the throne – what is met with criticism and incomprehension.